6 NHL Players to Watch During the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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With the Winter Olympics long over, hockey’s biggest event — the Stanley Cup — is only weeks away. A long run in hockey playoffs is no easy feat: Instead of playing a different team every night, the teams have to make their way through four best-of-seven series.

Read on to find out more about some of the top players to watch during the NHL’s 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Called a “two-way leader” for his skill in assisting and scoring, the Bruins’ alternate captain, 10-season veteran, and second-line center is a huge part of the team’s high-powered offense. And with the Bruins stunned with a Game 6 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, it’s safe to say “Bergy” has revenge on his mind. Let’s just hope he’s able to stay healthy: After the Bruins’ defeat last season, Bergeron revealed that he played through a broken rib and torn cartilage during the series, and that he suffered a separated shoulder in Game 6 of the Finals.

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